Facebook treats employees extremely well - and I do mean treats in the literal sense! The team I am on, Messenger Growth, had their offsite in Half Moon Bay. Everyone who wanted to attend drove down or took a lyft. There were even some engineers from Seattle who had come down for work, and were able to join everyone on the team in going to the offsite.
In the end, around 40-50 people from the team participated in the offsite. We went for a clambake, with tons of food served, ranging from crab cakes to full lobsters. I cracked and peeled my first lobster that day, under the guidance of some more experienced employees. However, even though the lobster was amazing, I still thought the little breaded balls of crab were the tastiest thing there. It definitely topped the clam chowder and vegetable crostini for me.
The craziest thing there was the lobster eating contest. The last offsite that my team had was also a clambake at the same place. I heard that one engineer had actually eaten 6 lobsters. So running up to our offsite, there was a joke that whoever could beat that record could take the lobster crown (which was actually a stuffed lobster hat). At the offsite, there were three engineers who were trying to make it to 6 lobsters. And two of them succeeded - the same engineer from last time and a new contender. If we hadn’t run out of lobsters, I don’t know who would have won. But the two tied in the end, each having eaten 6 lobsters and one claw.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.
One of Caltech’s many clubs is the RISE tutoring program, where undergraduate students connect with local high schoolers and provide tutoring in various STEM subjects. I only became a tutor this academic year, but the experience has been so rewarding for me and, hopefully, also for the students I tutor.